The mystery of 12 big stone circles that are seen in satellite images in Jordan’s landscape have baffled the scientists today as a group of these circles were built with the same precise dimensions. This indicates that they were replicated exactly for some reason, but that reason is unknown today, according to Travelers Today News on Nov. 1.
While some crude circles are seen, a group of geometrically precise circles have grabbed the attention of the scientists. The experts estimate their origin to range somewhere between the Early Bronze Age to the Roman period, according to Mail Online. The circles range in dimensions from 720-feet to 1,490-feet and they are made of stones and boulders that are found in the region.
The circles were first spotted by a plane back in the 1920s and until recently they’ve not been awarded very much attention. The 12 circles in Jordan aren’t alone, as a more recent “Big Circle” picked up by satellite imagery in 2002 is in Homs, Syria is also a phenomenon that scientists are studying today.
The stone circles are a continuous circle, they lack a space to enter the center. This means that you would have needed to hop over the stone wall to get inside. This would have been an easy feat because the stone wall that created the circle was only about two-feet high.
The stone circles were surveyed periodically throughout the last several decades which has offered up more details on their size, shape and location. What the scientists are eager to do next is to bring them to people’s attention while their purpose is explored.
These circles are not believed to have been an early herding system for livestock because the two feet height of these walls would not keep even the smallest of farm animal corralled. Professor David Kennedy, a lead researcher from the University of Western Australia in the Zeitschrift fur Orient Archaologie, said, “The landscape of the Middle East is thickly strewn with circular or sub-circular stone-built structures.”
While Kennedy reports that some of these circles are crude as far as their dimensions and shape go, there are a many that are geometrically exact. They are too exact for this to be a coincidence, so they appear to have been replicated across the landscape of Jordan for a reason. Scientist want to find that reason.
The stone circles weren’t that easy to erect, as they would have needed at least a dozen workers and an architect to get the dimensions precise. Using a pole in the center of the circle with a rope tied to it and stretched out to the circumference of the circle, the wall would have been built at the end of the rope, moving it around until the circle was complete.
While much of what remains of these stone circles are just the foundations, some of the excavating done over the years have turned up enough artifacts for the researchers to estimate the height of the wall when it was originally built. It has not been easy to date, but again, artifacts found in the area of some of these stone circles give it a broad date range of the Bronze Age to the Roman period.